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Health Serv J. 2003 Feb 20;113(5843):30-1.

Older people. Courtesy entitles.

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  • 1Medical Research Council Health Services Research Collaboration, Bristol University.

Abstract

A study of 72 people, with an average age of 72, showed that dignity--and lack of it--were key issues in their estimation of care. Concerns about lack of dignity centred on lack of privacy, mixed sex wards, forms of address and loss of independence. The study suggested that older people do not complain about care for fear of retaliation.

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